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Understanding Trauma in Shelters

Understanding Trauma in Shelters

Register for "Understanding Trauma in Disaster Shelter Settings"

A two-part webinar discussing the importance of trauma-informed approaches in shelter settings

July 14, 2020; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Part 1)
July 16, 2020; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Part 2)

Please join us to learn more about trauma-informed approaches in shelter settings, presented by nationally recognized trauma expert, Dr. Kelly Graves. This online training is co-sponsored by DRNC and NC Emergency Management (NCEM). Shelter volunteers, NC FAST Teams and anyone else working in North Carolina disaster sheltering are welcome to attend. There is no cost to participate.

These sessions are being recorded. A limited number of slots will be made available for people to attend these recorded sessions  If you want to be notified when the registration link for those slots becomes available, please email Rebecca Robison at rebecca.robison@disabilityrightsnc.org.

Training Details

Part One:  The Foundations of Trauma and Trauma Informed Approaches (2-hour training)

July 14, 2020 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This session is designed to introduce the concepts and implementation of trauma and trauma- informed approaches in various settings. Research and clinical evidence documents that trauma informed approaches involve thinking about trauma in different ways and altering service practices to create opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control, empowerment, and balance in their lives.  The audience will learn about trauma and its causes,  review the ACE Study, and understand the links among trauma and outcomes in various populations.  Increasing our awareness and appreciation of trauma and its roots can help build an understanding of the benefits of the benefits of trauma-informed approaches.

Part Two:  Applying Trauma-Informed Approaches in Shelter Settings (2-hour training)

July 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This session is designed to review the core principles of being trauma informed and provide practice tips and tools of how to implement trauma informed approaches into shelter settings. Given that individuals seeking safety in shelters, in particular people with disabilities, are likely to have trauma histories,  increasing our understanding and utilization of trauma informed practices can help to manage crisis settings, minimize the impact of trauma, and build resilience.

Trainer Bio:

Dr. Kelly Graves is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of North Carolina. After serving as a tenured Associate Professor for a combined almost 15 years at UNCG and North Carolina A&T, Dr. Graves decided to pursue her passion of bridging research and practice by founding Kellin, PLLC and its non-profit partner the Kellin Foundation.  Since that time, the Kellin Foundation has been named a partner with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) for its expertise in community-based trauma recovery for children and families, which is the second site in the state of North Carolina behind Duke University.  Dr. Graves is a consultant with the United States Department of Justice and has been invited to the White House under the Obama Administration to participate in think tank efforts around building community resiliency.  She is also a training consultant with the UNC-CH School of Social Work’s AHEC Training Partnership. She has successfully implemented dozens of large-scale grants totally over $10 million dollars focused on community change and is an accomplished scholar with dozens of peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters. She developed the Greensboro Child Response Initiative, which is nationally recognized model by the US Department of Justice for best practices in responding to children exposed to violence. Her awards include the American Psychological Association Division 56 Trauma award, the Triad Business Journal Top 40 Leaders Under 40 award, named as a Top Psychologist award with the International Association of Health Care Professionals, and several others.  In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and reading.

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, whose generous financial support makes this training possible. This training is co-sponsored by NC FAST, NCEM, and DRNC.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy logo (CDP) letters over alternating colors, tan, burnt orange, and blueFAST logo, circle with grey outline of circle broken into parts - symbol of blind person using a stick, sign language, handicap symbol, and symbol of questions. Interior of circle has the NCEM logo      NCEM logo, a black triangle with the words emergency management NC written inside, and outlining an NC Flag DRNC logo

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